Long Island business professionals filled The Mansion at Oyster Bay on January 28, 2019 for a post-holiday season New Year’s Charity Ball to benefit the Michael Magro Foundation. Hosted by Safe Harbor Inspections, more than $185,000 was raised at the event, which included an evening of food, fun, laughter, and an opportunity to support charity partner, Michael Magro Foundation. The Foundation supports local families undergoing extreme stress due to a child battling cancer or other catastrophic illness.
Inspired by a sense of good fortune for the company’s growing success, James and Collin Ruppert decided to host a charity event to give back to the Long Island community. They brought in Patricia Polenz, Safe Harbor’s Marketing Director to oversee the effort and help select a charity partner. They were introduced to Terrie Magro and the Michael Magro Foundation – the connection was both immediate and genuine, cementing the decision to work with the Foundation as the 2019 charity partner. Polenz stated, “As soon as I met Terrie and learned about the organization, I knew we had found the right cause. Safe Harbor is so proud to be a part of Michael Magro Foundation’s efforts.”
Those in attendance had a great time, with several noting it was a great way to kick off the new year. Old friends and new enjoyed the evening and made connections to start of the new business year. Beyond laughter being shared and business being done, the evening has gone on to help yet another Long Island family. An attendee, having learned of the mission of the Michael Magro Foundation, approached Terrie Magro with information on a father and his child are struggling to get by with little family to assist and a child battling Leukemia. “Michael Magro Foundation has already reached out to the father and we will be helping him as he cares for his daughter.” Stated Terrie Magro. She went on to say, “Our organization understands how hard it is to juggle caring for a child with all of the responsibilities of work and home. As a single parent, it is even harder. We will be working with them over the next several months, helping to ease their burden so he can spend more time taking care of his daughter. We are so grateful that we learned about them at the Charity Ball as it made the evening even more meaningful for us. And we are so thankful to Jim and Collin Ruppert and the whole team at Safe Harbor. We are so happy to have them a part of our Michael Magro Foundation family.”
In addition to Safe Harbor Inspections Inc., the event was sponsored by: All Dry Remediation, All State Abstract, Crea8tive, Diamond Law, Douglas Elliman, Equinox Financial Partners, Every Venue Entertainment, HKM Associates, Investors Bank, Johnny Sax Quartet, Long Island Professional Network, Robert Kothe Videography, Ed Shin Photography, and Robert Zabbia Insurance.
With the success of the event clear to all, the leadership of Safe Harbor Inspections has decided to make the New Year Charity Ball an annual event. Stop in at the Safe Harbor (www.safeharborinspections.com) or Michael Magro Foundation (www.michaelmagrofoundation.com) websites for the announcement of the date for the 2020 charity ball.
Michael Magro Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization founded by Paul and Terrie Magro to honor the life of their son Michael, who passed away from leukemia at the age of 13. The Foundation works with the Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop-University Hospital, Stony Brook Children’s Cancer Division, and other Winthrop and Stony Brook pediatric specialties where treatment of chronic diseases is ongoing, as well as with the Golisano Children’s Hospital in Southwest Florida. The core programs offered are: Life Essentials [helping families struggling financially during their child’s treatment with non-medical expenses]; Project SOAR [providing support for childhood cancer patients, families, students and teachers when the patient returns to school following long illnesses]; and Bonding With Baby [helping siblings of babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) communicate and bond]. In partnership with The Spencer Foundation, the organization has added Operation Playcation, an initiative to provide inpatient pediatric hospital patients with Playstation 4 units and an array of gaming choices.
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